Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: A Wicked Kind of Dark (Jonathan K. Benton)

Author Jonathan K. Benton
Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

A Wicked Kind of Dark
Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.
As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …
A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

Giveaway Details
$10 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Open Internationally
Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Guest Review: Forecast (Jane Tara)

Forecastebook, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Momentum (first published October 30th 2007)

The Shakespeare women were what the locals of Greenwich Village called “gifted.”
Sure, Rowie’s predictions were helpful for forecasting the weather or finding someone’s lost grandkid. But when it came to love, her abilities were more like a curse. Why bother dating a guy if you knew at the first kiss he was destined for some blonde from New Jersey? Nope, Rowie was much happier bringing together the people she knew were a perfect match. Until the day she kissed the man whose future she couldn’t foresee.

Hello from beautiful Bondi in Sydney. I'm thrilled that my first novel FORECAST has found a new home at Momentum Books. It was first published in 2007 by Dorchester, but they went bust... so if you're looking for my book, please note the new cover.
So FORECAST was re-released in May. And the long-awaited sequel, TROUBLE BREWING has also just been released. I'm so excited about this book.
You'll notice I have lots of travel books on my list. I'm an avid traveller. For years I wandered the world and wrote. I have over twenty children’s picture books published in Asia, and have written travel articles for many publications worldwide. I've lived in Tokyo, London, Vienna, New York and various parts of Australia. I even transformed my itchy feet into ITCHEE FEET, which publishes travel books for kids.
So now I'm juggling both romance and travel, and will be combining both in a great new series as well. Stay tuned. And please stay in touch.

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Spellbinding!!!!!  I loved this book! I could not put it down! I want to be a good witch or at least be friends with cool would that be! Jane Tara did a phenomenal job of getting the reader lost in the magical place of New York City!

The Shakespeare women have been using their powers for generations. Now there are only a few of the women left. Rowie Shakespeare is the lucky one that is destine to carry on the family business, or at least that is what her Grandmother tells her.

 Rowie has her own dreams of having a more normal life. When Rowie was finally doing something she loved and making her own life she finds the one man she can not read. "Blissful nothing!" She had waited her whole life to kiss a man and not see his entire life play out in her mind, which did not include her. The man she can't read is none other than the handsome local TV weatherman Drew Henderson! 

 You think everything is going to be great but nothing is ever perfect, not even for a witch! I enjoyed their road back to each other and all the secrets that are divulged. I love to think about destiny and how each decision we make can take us down different paths for our future! This book did not disappoint! I give it 4.5 stars! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Book Blast: Heaven's Just A Prayer Away (Diony George)

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Heaven's Just a Prayer Away Before we came to earth, we lived in heavenly realms. We knew our Heavenly Father. We walked and talked with Him. We heard His voice. We felt His love. In Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, beloved author Diony George teaches us how to reestablish that relationship with Him here on earth. With the help of this book you will   • Learn that nothing is too small or unimportant to discuss with Heavenly Father   • Find peace and contentment through daily communication with God   • Gain a better understanding of why some prayers seem to go unanswered   • Develop a greater knowledge of the power of prayer   The inspirational and enlightening experiences found within these pages will change your life forever by strengthening your relationship with God and filling your life with peace, teaching us that heaven really is just a prayer away.   Praise for Heaven’s Just A Prayer Away: “I found myself either smiling or teary-eyed as I immersed myself in these stories. I was reminded that prayer is healing and sanctifying, can bring inspiration, can ease burdens, and lets us feel the love of God for ourselves and those around us —Heather B. Moore, author of Christ’s Gifts to Women   “In Heaven’s Just A Prayer Away, Diony provides a comprehensive discussion on prayer through inspiring stories, basic principles, and heartfelt testimony. Her personal approach makes answers to prayer and divine blessings seem more within reach. —John McConkie, Stake President  

  Author Diony George Diony George is a wife, full-time mom of seven, grandmother of two, and a published author of uplifting women’s fiction and inspiring nonfiction. She is also a regular contributing writer for Deseret Connect and FamilyHow. Originally from Alaska, she currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family. Besides writing she loves to read, especially romantic suspense, bake, sew and craft. Her current fiction WIP, Inside the Heart, is based around the kidnapping and disappearance of four-year-old Emma and is slated for release in Feb 2013. Her next nonfiction book, Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away will be released by Cedar Fort, Inc in July 2013.  

Heaven Tour       
  BookBlast Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 8/1/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Blog Tour & Guest Post: Untimed (Andy Gavin)

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Charlie's the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can't remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don't take him seriously. Still, this isn't all bad. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there's this girl... Yvaine... another time traveler. All good. Except for the rules: boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future. And the baggage: Yvaine's got a baby boy and more than her share of ex-boyfriends. Still, even if they screw up history -- like accidentally let the founding father be killed -- they can just time travel and fix it, right? But the future they return to is nothing like Charlie remembers. To set things right, he and his scrappy new girlfriend will have to race across the centuries, battling murderous machines from the future, jealous lovers, reluctant parents, and time itself.

Tour Schedule
July 9 – Amie’s Reviews – Review

July 10 – Book Referees – Review & Excerpt

July 11 – Books and Insomnia – Review

July 12 – Escape Into a Book – Review

July 12 – Everything Books & Authors – Excerpt

July 13 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post, Q&A & Excerpt

July 15 – Bound By Words – Review & Excerpt

July 16 – My Library in the Making – Review

July 17 – Sammy the Bookworm – Review

July 18 – Curling Up with a Good Book – Guest Post

July 22 – Life Love and Music – Novel Spotlight & Exerpt

July 22- Defining Women’s Evolution in Discovery Blog – Q&A & Excerpt

Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes.

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Genre: High Fantasy
Length: 255,000 words, 720 pages
Read: May 2008 & Feb 28-Mar 2, 2011
Summary: Best new fantasy of recent years.

In 2008, I read this 722 page novel in Xian China during a single sleepless night, and I reread it just now for the second time in preparation for the sequel (The Wise Man’s Fear). NOTW is a beautiful book. Of all the Fantasy I’ve read in the last 15 or so years, this is perhaps second best after The Song of Ice and Fire. But that’s not to say that they have much in common, other than both being good Fantasy. George R. Martin‘s books are full of characters, POVs, violence, politics, and a darkly realistic sensibility. NOTW is much more focused and relies on more traditional Fantasy tropes. How focused can a 700 page novel be? Not very, but it is good, and it concentrates on a small number of characters and a single (albeit meandering) storyline.
Kvothe is the protagonist. He’s a young man of many many talents, of no means whatsoever, who winds his way from the actor’s troupe to the mean streets to the magical University and to (implied) great and terrible things.
If I have any beef with the book, it’s that the meta premise of the tired hero telling his story is too drawn out. This volume opens in the “present day,” where very little happens except to set us up for the life story of the hero, which is brilliant. Much like Lord of the Rings or Hyperion, the reader must slog for a bit to get to the gold. In this case about 50 pages in. But the slogging isn’t exactly painful because Rothfuss’s prose is lyrical and masterful. Seriously, it’s a wonder given the tangents, bloated conversations (the dialog is great but not efficient), and the like that this book is so easy to read — but it is. Damn easy, even the second time.
The world and the hero juggle uniqueness and heavy — but delicious – borrowing from classic Fantasy of the best sort. I sniffed out a bit of Ursula K. Le Guin (think Wizard of Earthsea), Raymond FeistRobert Jordan (Wheel of Time), and who knows how many others. The world is extremely well developed, and feels big, but it doesn’t doesn’t have the camp and cheese of Wheel of Time (although it does pay homage). I love origin stories and I very much enjoyed Kvothe’s journey. He’s a great character: humble, proud, skilled, lucky, unlucky all at once, but in a fairly believable way. Perhaps the most important relationship in the book (and there are actually relatively few) is the romance, and it has a tragic quality that feels very refreshing, and slightly reminiscent of the best of Orson Scott Card (think his old stuff like Song Master) or Dan Simmons.
The magic is very unique and interesting, and we focus on it quite a bit, as this is a story that spends a lot of time in the Arcane Academy. This ain’t no Hogwarts either, it feels altogether more mysterious and dangerous. There are several different magic systems interwoven in what is a world overall fairly light on magic. But this is also a world that feels a bit more technological than most Fantasy, with larger cities, a little more like antiquity than the Middle Ages. The “magical bad guys” have a nice character and bit of mystery to them. I don’t like all my mystery explained. There is a lot of music and theater in here too, and that just helps heighten the lyricism.
But what exactly makes this book so good?
Fundamentally I think Rothfus is just a great writer, and a very good world builder. I don’t think he’s a great plotter. The story drifts along, relies a bit on coincidence and circumstance, and the end fizzles then pops back out of the interior story and waits for the sequel. But that doesn't really matter, because the prose, world, and characters keep you enjoying every page.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: The Outside (Laura Bickle)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I absolutely without a DOUBT LOVED The Hallowed Ones!! This story was just so creepy and intense and I loved every moment! I read the entire book in one day because I could not put it down!! PLEASE add this to your To-Be-Read list and check it out!!! It is SOOO Good!!!

The OutsideHardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers

One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…
After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.
And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?
In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Kindle Fire GIVEAWAY

Kindle Summer 

  This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT! Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".
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The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)
  Or $199 Gift Card (International)
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  Giveaway Details 1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International). There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog. See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire. Sponsor a future Kindle Fire Giveaway by signing up HERE. Ends 8/15/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

Book Blast: Saved (Lohrainee Eckhart)

Saved by Lorhainne Eckhart
Genre: Adult romance
Published May 11, 2013

Growing up I had dreams that one day I'd fall in love, get married and start a family. Then one night I was taken. But I survived, I escaped and I was saved. Eric didn't see me as  damaged. He didn't see my baby as a monster. He protected me, he kept me safe ... he saved me.


     “Thank you, Captain,” was all she said, but he could feel her stiffen even though he was no longer touching her.
     “I’ll be back later to see how you’re doing.” He didn’t know why he did it when he reached down and smoothed back the stray wisps of hair that dangled in her face.
     “Remember what I said, Abby: You’re safe here. If you’re hungry, you say something. If you’re scared, tell me. If you’re hurting, you have to speak up. No one is going to hurt you here. I don’t know how to make you believe it.”
     She was staring at him now, but for the life of him he couldn’t figure out what was going on in her head. He let out a sigh because there was nothing more he could do here. His hand was on the door, and he was about to yank it open when she said, “Captain, could you do me a favor?” He turned around and faced her and was nearly undone by her eyes, swimming with a sheen of tears.
     “Could you keep telling me I’m safe? I think if I hear you tell me over and over, I’ll start to believe it. I think I will.”

2012 was an amazing year in the publishing world for me, and it started with The Forgotten Child, which landed on the Amazon bestseller list for western romance and romance series. With the publication of each novel and short story, each one made its way to the top ten for its respective genre. 2013 has seen me posted in the top 100 authors on Amazon for romantic suspense and mystery/thrillers, police procedural.

Where did it all begin? In 2008, I published my first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a contemporary military romance, through The Wild Rose Press. This year I have a crazy writing schedule with four books scheduled for release and six short stories.
I write three genres, edgy romantic suspense (Walk the Right Road Series), western romance (Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series), and young adult mystery, and I warn my readers to expect the unexpected. I’m the mother of three children, one a special needs child. We live on a small Island in the Pacific Northwest, where I advocate for the environment and the rights of special needs children. Somewhere in my busy schedule, I do find time to write. I encourage you to contact me by email; I do answer every email I receive.
Stay tuned. There is more to come from the Walk the Right Road Series and Finding Love ~ The Outsider Series. 
And to my readers and all of you who have shared my stories with your family and friends, a big heartfelt thank you.

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Cover Reveal: Wings (Elizabeth Richard)

Today we are super excited to share the cover to WINGS, the third and final book in author's Elizabeth Richard's BLACK CITY series!

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Wings (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

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Book Blast: Blood and Bone (Don Hoesel)

Blood and Bone Tour

Blood and Bone More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel. A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha's bones. Jack's world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who's been alerted
 to the CIA's probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren't where he left them. So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he's not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family--or tear apart everything they hold dear forever.


Author Don Hoesel Don Hoesel is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. The Alarmists is his third novel.

   BookBlast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 8/4/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   

Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: The King (R.J. Larson)

King by R.J. Larson Fantasy Meets the Old Testament in a Novel That Will Reach Readers of All Ages. Against his wishes and desires, Akabe of Siphra has been chosen by his people to be King. But what does a warrior know of ruling during peacetime? Guided by the Infinite, Akabe seeks to rebuild the Temple in the city of Munra to give the sacred books of Parne a home. But dangerous factions are forming in the background. To gain the land he needs, Akabe must forsake the yearnings of his heart and instead align himself through marriage to the Thaenfall family. Meanwhile, Kien Lantec and Ela Roeh are drawn still closer together...while becoming pawns in a quest to gain power over the region. As questions of love and faith become tangled with lies and murderous plots, each must seek the Infinite to guide them through an ever more tangled web of intrigue and danger.  

Author R. J. Larson R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals featured in publications such as Women's Devotional Bible and Seasons of a Woman's Heart. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and their two sons. Prophet marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
A rather nightmarish dream-fragment. In early 2010, I was working on an 1890's historical novel, and LOVING it. In the middle of chapter 8, however, I went to sleep one night as usual, and I woke up the next morning still seeing an odd bit of a dream. A young woman in a dark place was struggling to make a life-or-death choice. She wore long robes and there was a glowing staff or branch in the dream. That was the whole dream, but I could feel her fear and indecision.
I tried to forget the dream and return to my Victorian-era novel, but I couldn't concentrate on anything to do with the 1890's. I was still caught up in that dream. Why was the girl so frightened? What was she about to face? By the end of the day, the girl had a name--Ela--and I just knew she was living in an ancient fantasy-genre world. Ela's story became PROPHET, book one in the Books of the Infinite series.

Akabe, the main character in the current book, made his appearance near the end of PROPHET as a heroic rebel-hunter who receives an unexpected honor from his Creator, the Infinite. KING is Akabe's story. His task? To survive as he struggles to unite the unstable kingdom of Siphra.

Who is your favorite character in the book?
I love all of my characters equally, but I enjoyed writing Caitria--a young noblewoman who becomes a pawn in Siphra's epic power struggle. Caitria wants a simple, peaceful life with a loving husband. Unfortunately, her father has other plans for Caitria, and her happiness is the least of his concerns.

Which came first, the title or the novel?
In this case, the title came first. I knew the basic plot for KING, but so many details needed to be woven together to finish the series--it was quite a challenge! However, I loved every minute of the work, and I hope my feelings for the story and my characters, and the Infinite are evident in KING.

What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
In the last third of the book, I knew I needed a sequence of confrontations, each more harrowing than the previous ones. I wrote the trickiest of these around midnight one night, and I was STUCK. My fourth brother, Joe, works for a sheriff's department in Washington state, and he is a true fightmaster--martial arts, fencing, you name it. He's also a night owl like me. I wrote a pathetic note, "Joe, I know the answer to my problem is staring me in the face, but I'm not seeing it right now. HELP!" I described the scene, the strategy, the weapons, the challenges, and the odd details surrounding the confrontation. Naturally, Joe saw the perfect solution. The instant I read his email, I knew he was right. His genius-scheme is presented in the book by Kien--the character who most resembles Joe.

Did I mention I'm proud of my brothers and grateful for Joe's fightmaster skills?

Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve
learned as a writer from then to now?
Close third-person POV! Not 100 percent for every scene--that would be too wordy. But I love to bring readers right into scenes as my characters are experiencing their fictionalized journeys, and Close Third-person POV is terrific for allowing readers to glimpse the mindsets and secrets of multiple characters throughout a storyline.

What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The ocean! I'm a Navy brat currently living in land-locked Colorado. No oceans here. :(  As a result, whenever I look at the cover of KING, I want to kick off my shoes and wade into that surf, rough as it appears!

What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2013?
Anne Elisabeth Stengl's DRAGONWITCH is currently tied with Patrick Carr's THE HERO'S LOT. I'm delighted to point out that Bethany House Books is our publisher, and we're all celebrating July 1st release dates!

What was your favorite book in 2012?
I didn't have much reading time in 2012, but I loved STARFLOWER by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and DELIVER ME FROM EVIL, by Kathi Macias--which was published in 2011. I'm about a year behind in my reading.

What’s up next for you?
Not sure yet. I'm working on a spin-off of the current series, though it's not yet under contract. Final decisions won't be made until later this year, but I MUST write the story to get it out of my brain and into the computer! The characters are more peaceful when they're in the computer! :D

Is there anything that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit on your blog! Readers, thanks and feel free to ask any further questions on my FaceBook page!, or you can contact me through my website at

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